Wednesday, 25 June 2014

HOW I FED MY FAMILY OF 4 BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER AND DESSERT FOR $100 FOR A WEEK & WALLET WATCHING WEDNE$DAY LINK UP

For today's Wallet Watching Wedne$day link up I thought I would challenge myself to feed my family of 4 for $100 for the week. This included breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and some sweet treats. Albeit one of my children is only 7 months old but it can be surprising how much food he can shovel in. That and my husband alone eats for a family of 4. It was a little harder than expected as I like to eat well (not boring) and we also like to eat hot lunches. I originally wanted to try and feed everyone for $50 and then that increased to $75 but the reality hit when I started the shop and the idea spending so little was not going to be achievable, maybe a follow up post with this minimal budget will need to take place. Come along with me on my week journey stating tomorrow, discovering that it is possible to spend less than $15 a day on 4 people for 3 main meals and a couple of sweet treats.



The menu plan looks like this.
  • THURSDAY
BREAKFAST: Toast
LUNCH: Meat and Veg Pasties
DINNER: Chorizo and Capsicum Pasta
  • FRIDAY
BREAKFAST: Oats
LUNCH: Spinach Tort
DINNER: Beef Pie
  • SATURDAY
BREAKFAST: Toast
LUNCH: Potato and Leek Soup
DINNER: Chili Con Carne
  • SUNDAY
BREAKFAST: Pancakes
LUNCH: Spaghetti Fritatta
DINNER: Sausage Rolls
  • MONDAY
BREAKFAST: Toast
LUNCH: Savoury Muffins
DINNER: Cottage Pie
  • TUESDAY
BREAKFAST: Oats
LUNCH: Pumpkin and Feta Scrolls
DINNER: Meatballs
  • WEDNESDAY
BREAKFAST: Toast
LUNCH: Spinach and Feta Muffins
DINNER: Pumpkin Risotto

SWEET TREATS: Oat and Choc Chip Dairy and Egg Free Cookies
                               Choc chip muffins

SHOPPING LIST

Grocery Store: 
Homebrand Brown Sugar 1kg $2.89
Hombrand Cooking Chocolate Chip Dark Bits 250g $1.65
Homebrand Plain Flour 2kg $1.88
Homebrand Self Raising flour 2kg $1.88
Homebrand Rolled Oats Traditional 750g x2 $2.98
Homebrand Spaghetti 500g x2 $0.91
Homebrand White Long Rice 1kg $1.99
Homebrand 3 Bean Mix 400g x2 $1.70
Homebrand Diced Tomatoes 400g x8 $6.88
Homebrand Caged Eggs 12 pack 700g $3.66
Homebrand Sunflower Oil 750ml $2.90
Homebrand Tomato Paste 500g $1.39
Homebrand Butter 250g $1.42
F Mayer Soft Feta 500g $3.74
Homebrand Tasty Cheese 500g $4.99
Homebrand Sour Cream 300ml $1.32
Homebrand Full Cream Milk 2L x2 $4.00
Homebrand Puff Pastry 1kg $3.21
Homebrand Frozen Peas 1kg $2.19
Logan Farm Spinach Portions 500g $2.59
Australian Beef Chuck 500g $6.00
Mince Beef Regular 1.5kg $10.49
Chorizo 200g $2.15
Homebrand Arborio Rice 1kg $3.20

Green Grocer:
Potatoes Brushed 5kg $1.99
Leeks x2 $3.00
Chili Bullhorn Red 0.585kg $2.92
Jurgens Rye Bread x2 $5.00
Carrot 1kg $1.75
Onion 1kg $1.49
Corn 4 Cob Pre-Packed $2.99
Banana 1.47kg $4.40

TOTAL $99.55 

What I haven't bought and will use from my pantry: Pumpkin and Garlic from my garden. Salt and Spices. And homemade stock from my freezer. 

How much does your family spend at the grocery store a week?



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Lastly leave a comment on the blogs that you visit.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

EASY 4 INGREDIENT PASTA

This is so easy and only has 4 ingredients!

Chicken avocado pasta.

Meat of 1/2 a roast chook shredded
2 avocados in chunks
2/3 carton sour cream
2/3 packet pasta
(And salt if you so desire)

Cook pasta as directed on the pack. Drain reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and serve. Its that easy (but its not pretty) 

TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET - WALLET WATCHING WEDNE$DAY LINK UP

As you may have notice my family and I love to travel. We often set off on a large trip once a year lasting for around a month, and then several other shorter trips. To be able to do this we like to find free or low cost camp sites. We traveled around Australia for a year on our honeymoon in a kombi and were largely able to do that because we were able to save on our accommodation costs. 

In Canarvon WA
In Katherine
Cockle Creek Tasmania
Valley of the Giants - Western Australia
On our latest trip to Fraser Island - Lake Birrabean 
On our latest trip to Fraser Island - Cooloola beach
 My biggest tip on Saving money when travelling is to invest in one of these handy guides. They list most of the free and low cost camp sites across Australia.



As you can see ours is much loved. We take it on every holiday! It's filled with great maps too. 

What is your money saving tip? We would love it if you could share it with us!

TO LINK UP:
Share the love and read some of the other great tips on how to save money.
Lastly leave a comment on the blogs that you visit.


Saving money from the kitchen to the garden, our wardrobe to our homes, link up during wallet watching Wedne$day. The next link up is on the 25/6/14 at 12 pm AEST.